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Our Services for You

Your Library Card

Library cards are provided free of charge to all residents of Andalusia Township as part of your tax-supported library services. Your card gives you borrowing privileges here and at most public libraries in Illinois, access to special online resources, and more. Click here to learn how to get a library card.


If an item you want is checked out, you may put a hold on it.   Contact us by e-mail, phone, or in person.  Provide your name, phone number or e-mail address, and the author and title of the item.  We will contact you when the item is returned.

Interlibrary Loan

If you need a book, DVD, or other item that we don't have, ask us to borrow it from another library for you.  Contact us by e-mail, phone, or in person.  Provide your name, phone number or e-mail address, and as much information about the item(s) as possible.  You must have an Andalusia Township Library card to receive this service.

Programs and Events

See our calendar for details.


Everyone who uses a library computer must follow our policy regarding computer and Internet use.

Photocopiers and Fax Machine

Copies can be obtained at the circulation desk; they are $.10 per copy or $.15 for double sided.  Faxes can be sent or received using our fax number for $1.00 a page.

Library Staff

Director: Leann Bredberg

Circulation Assistant: Diane Gehn

Library Policies

Below are some of the policies about the public's use of the library.

Behavior in the Library

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Circulation Policy

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Computer/Internet Use

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[Insert donations policy here.]

Unattended Children

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Freedom of Information Act


The Illinois Freedom of Information Act
I.   A brief description of our public body is as follows:
A. Our purpose is to provide materials and services for the recreational, social, informational, and educational needs of the community.
B.   An organizational chart is attached.
C.     The total amount of our operating budget for FY 2010 is: $75,050.
Funding sources are property and personal property replacement taxes, state and federal grants, fines, charges, interest, and donations. Tax levies are:
1.   Corporate purposes (for general operating expenditures)
2.   Social Security (provides for employee’s FICA costs and related expenses)
3.   Audit (for audit and related expenses)
4.   Maintenance (for maintaining the building)
5.   Tort Liability (for insurance premiums, risk management, attorney’s fees and related               expenses, unemployment and worker’s compensation insurance)
D. The office is located at this address: 503 2nd Street West, Andalusia, IL
E.   We have approximately the following number of persons employed:
                        1.         Full-time           0
                        2.         Part-time          2
F.   The following organization exercises control over our policies and procedures: The Andalusia Township Library Board of Library Trustees, which meets monthly on the second Thursday of each month, 7:00 p.m., at the library.
Its members are: Marcia Manner, President; Ron Oelke, Vice President; Nancy Wohlgemuth, Secretary; Bonnie Bridgford, Treasurer; Jennifer Luebbers, Teresa Moore, and Riley Vroman.
G.    The following organization operates in an advisory capacity regarding our operation: Andalusia Township. Its members are: Tony Thorpe, Supervisor; Jay Bohnsack, Clerk; Keith Quick, Assessor; Jim Ballard, Road Commissioner; Joyce Bohnsack, Tom Fluegel, Joe Whitley, and Lavonna Crawford.
H. We are required to report and be answerable for our operations to:
Illinois State Library, Springfield, Illinois. Its members are: State Librarian, Jesse White (Secretary of State); Director of State Library, Anne Craig; and various other staff.
II.    You may request the information and the records available to the public in the following          manner:     
A.     Use request form (see attached).
B.     Your request should be directed to the following individual: Leann Bredberg FOIA officer.
C.     You must indicate whether you have a “commercial purpose” in your request.
D.     You must specify the records requested to be disclosed for inspection or to be copied. If you desire that any records be certified, you must specify which ones.
E.      To reimburse us our actual costs for reproducing and certifying (if requested) the records, you will be charged the following fees:
            There is a $1.00 charge for each certification of records.
            There is no charge for the first fifty (50) pages of black and white text either letter or legal size;
There is a $.15 per page charge for copied records in excess of 50 pages;
The actual copying cost of color copies and other sized copies will be charged.
F.      If the records are kept in electronic format, you may request a specific format and if feasible, they will be so provided, but if not, they will be provided either in the electronic format in which they are kept (and you would be required to pay the actual cost of the medium only, i.e. disc, diskette, tape, etc.) or in paper as you select.
G.     The office will respond to a written request within five (5) working days or sooner if possible. An extension of an additional five (5) working days may be necessary to properly respond.
H.     Records may be inspected or copied. If inspected, an employee must be present throughout the inspection.
I.        The place and times where the records will be available are as follows:
Monday-Thursday, 1:00-8:00 p.m.
Andalusia Township Library
III.      Certain types of information maintained by us are exempt from inspection and copying. However, the following types or categories of records are maintained under our control:
A.        Monthly Financial Statements
B.         Annual Receipts and Disbursements Reports
C.         Operating Budgets
D.        Audits
E.         Minutes of the Board of Library Trustees
F.         Library Policies, including Materials Selection
G.         Adopted Ordinances and Resolutions of the Board
H.        Annual Reports to the Illinois State Library

andalusia township Library Organizational Chart/seven member board
Board of Library Trustees
President/Board of Library Trustees
Library Director

XYZ Public Library
Freedom of Information Request


Requestor’s Name (or business name, if applicable)        Date of Request                        Phone number


Street Address                                                              Certification requested:
             Yes                             No


City                  State                 Zip


Description of Records Requested:
Is the reason for this request a “commercial purpose” as defined in the Act?   ___ Yes    ___ No


Library Response (Requestor does not fill in below this line)


A         ( )        The documents requested are enclosed.
P          ( )        You may inspect the records at                                                             
P                      on the date of                            .
R          ( )        The documents will be made available upon payment of copying costs of
O                     $                      .
E          ( )        For “commercial requests” only: the estimated time of when the documents
D                     will be available is _______________, at the prepaid costs stated above.


            ( )        The request creates an undue burden on the public body in accordance with
Section 3(g) of the Freedom of Information Act, and we are unable to negotiate a more reasonable request.
D         ( )        The materials requested are exempt under Section 7                     of the
E                      Freedom of Information Act for the following reasons:    
E                      Individual(s) that determined request to be denied and title: _________________
D                                                                                                                     ______                        .
In the event of a denial, you have the right to seek review by the Public Access
Counselor at (217) 558-0486 or 500 S. Second St., Springfield, IL 62705
Or you have the right to judicial review under section 11 of FOIA.
( )        Request delayed, for the following reasons (in accordance with 3(e) of the                       FOIA):                                     . You will be notified by the date of                   __        as to the action taken on your request.
NOTE: This form cannot be MANDATORY under FOIA, but it is preferred. Failure to use it may result in the request not being properly or promptly processed. 


FOIA Officer                                                                Date of Reply

History of the Library

On May 9, 1968, members of the Mothers Club of Andalusia Grade School heard a report from its newly formed library committee.  "The library will open on June 10 on Mondays and Thursdays, from 2:30 to 8:30 o'clock in the school basement.  There is a need for books, book shelves, and volunteers to clean the basement and check out books.  A paper will be passed around for volunteers."  This was the beginning of Andalusia Township Library.


"Volunteers" was the key word for the library from its beginning in 1968 until it was completed in June 1976.  Before they had their own library, the Club had made arrangements for regular visits of the bookmobile from River Bend Library System.


Upon the recommendation of I.W. Berryhill and his library committee, George Curtis, director of River Bend, was consulted on the proper procedure for establishing a library district.  A referendum was held in May 1970, and passed 73 to 6 to establish such a district.  Petitions were circulated according to Illinois library laws, and the first board of trustees was elected.  They were I.W. Berryhill, Elaine Coonradt, Susan Griffiths, Gladys Bassett, Margaret Thorp, William Ewing, and Robert Olson. 


In March 1971 the library was moved to a larger room in the school basement, and volunteers from Mothers Club continued to staff the library.  When Mrs. Mary Shovar was hired as librarian in August 1972, the club pledged to pay $1000 toward her salary for the first year.


The next project for the library board was to find housing outside the school building.  Plans for a proposed new library were approved as presented by architect Jack Gittenger of Andalusia.  A building site at 503 West Second Street was donated by the township, and gorund breaking began in May 1973.  A house to house canvass by volunteers provided additional cash for the building fund.  Revenue sharing from the township, along with taxes, provided enough money to get the project underway.  In addition, all permit fees and water/sewage hookup costs were waived by the village.


On June 21, opening day, the people of Andalusia Township had a special reason for remembering the Bicentennial year, a new library, free of debt, and offering many new services in a bright and cheerful atmosphere. 


With all possible construction handled by volunteer labor under the direction of Mr. Berryhill, the new building was finished at one third of cost, had all work been done by contracted labor.  Special recognition was given to these people at an Open House on October 24, 1976.



Job Openings

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Volunteer Opportunities

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Illinois State Library Services

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